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Tramlines director Sarah Nulty dies

9 July 2018

THE DIRECTOR of Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival, Sarah Nulty, has died aged 36, after a short illness. Nulty was instrumental in building the 30,000-capacity event from a venue-based, urban festival into a single-site event attracting artistes such as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Pixie Lott, The xx, Public Enemy and The…

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SEC’s Harwood takes top award

9 July 2018

THE NATIONAL Arenas Association’s (NAA) outstanding contribution award has been presented to Anne-Marie Harwood, market research manager at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow. The award is in recognition of the 18 years Harwood has compiled the NAA’s annual statistics, while working at SEC which encompasses the SSE Hydro…

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Craig sateps up at MMF

9 July 2018

The Music Managers Forum (MMF) has appointed  Biffy Clyro and former record company executive Paul Craig of Nostromo Management as its new Chair. He yakes over from Diane Wagg of Deluxxe Management, who steps down after four years at the helm, including three as co-chair with Stephen Budd (Stephen Budd…

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MJR to open new venues and signs Eventbrite deal

9 July 2018

MULTI-VENUE OPERATOR and promoter The MJR Group is to open two new venues in Birmingham, the 2,000-capacity Bromley Street and The Mill (cap. 700). Located in Digbeth close to the Digbeth Arena (5,000) which MJR already owns and operates (see LIVE UK issue 218), The Mill is due to open…

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Live Music Business Awards submissions process begins

9 July 2018

THE SUBMISSIONS process for the annual Live Music Business Awards closed on Sunday 29 July. Suggetions for nominations can be made across 23 of the 24 award categories, with only Outstanding Contribution decided by the team at LIVE UK, with help from industry figures. Successful candidates need to have at…

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Hall ready for £20m revamp

9 July 2018

TRURO’S HALL For Cornwall (cap. 965) is to undergo a £20 million renovation after securing the final investment required. The refurbishment, which has been planned for six years, will see the venue’s three-tiered auditorium redesigned, increasing capacity to 1,354 seats and improving sightlines. New bars and cafes will also be…

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Manchester to get comprehensive survey of its live music scene

9 July 2018

North-west industry conference In The City could make a comeback after plans were announced to strengthen Greater Manchester’s music scene. Working with UK Music and a panel of experts, including Inspiral Carpets’ bass player Martyn Walsh, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has set up a review to establish how the local music…

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Kerrang! honours the great

9 July 2018

Fresh from headlining the 55,000-capacity Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Foo Fighters collected the Best International Live Act and Best International Band trophies at the Kerrang! Awards. The event, which took place at Islington Assembly Hall (cap. 850) on 21 June, also saw Brighton-based metal band Architects win Best British Live…

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Watchdog defends enforcement wait

9 July 2018

THE COMPETITION and Markets Authority (CMA) has defended the nine-month period it has given online secondary ticketing companies to comply with its new regulations. Of the Big Four resale sites, Viagogo is the only one not to have agreed to comply with the rules, which include ensuring all ticket listings…

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Bristol councillors favour city centre arena site

9 July 2018

BRISTOL CITY councillors have voiced their support for south of the city as the location for the proposed Bristol Arena, following mayor Marvin Rees delaying his decision on the rival projects last month. A 12,000-capacity arena on Arena Island to the south of Bristol’s Temple Meads train station, was put…

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Hits Radio concert to be first of many

9 July 2018

BAUER-OWNED national station Hits Radio, which launched last month and broadcasts from Manchester, has created its first branded live music event, Hits Radio Live. Take That will headline the show, which is due to take place at the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena on 14 July. The band became the first act…

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Manager award for Modest!

9 July 2018

MODEST! MANAGEMENT, which represents acts such as Little Mix, One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer, is to receive the Peter Grant Award at the Artist & Manager Awards. The accolade, named after the legendary Led Zeppelin manager, is presented annually and will be collected by Richard Griffiths and Harry…

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Registration open for the 12th Summit

9 July 2018

EARLY-BIRD registration for the 12th annual LIVE UK Summit are on sale until 22 July and emand is already exceeding last year, say organisers. The event, to be held at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London’s West End on Thursday 11 October, attracts more than 300 live music industry…

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Attendance record broken for third consecutive year

9 July 2018

Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s annual concert series attendance record has been broken for the third year running, according to promoter Cuffe and Taylor. More than 82,000 people have purchased tickets for concerts at the 7,500-seat venue this summer, which features performances by Britney Spears, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Il…

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Hastings Pier sold to entrepreneur

9 July 2018

HASTINGS PIER, which has hosted concerts by artistes such as the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Jones, 10cc and Madness over the years, is to be sold to a private investor after a campaign by locals to keep it in public ownership failed. Indian-born entrepreneur Sheikh Abid Gulzar, who already…

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Security conference returns

9 July 2018

INITIALLY INTENDED as a one-off in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena terror attack, a second edition of the Event Safety and Security Summit (E3S) is to be held. Bringing together event security professionals and safety experts, the invitation-only event will take place at London’s Congress Centre on 30 October….

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Drastic action at Cropredy

9 July 2018

Cropredy Festival (cap. 20,000) will dramatically reduce its use of plastic at the 9 to 11 August event, having joined the Drastic On Plastic campaign organised by the Association of Independent Festivals’ (AIF). AIF aims to eliminate single-use plastic from member festival sites by 2021. Cropredy director Gareth Williams says…

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Cover Artiste – Florence + The Machine

9 July 2018

High on hope   FLORENCE + The Machine are back on-the-road in support of their fourth studio album High As Hope, with the expectation it will follow their last three to No 1 in the UK chart. The band worked on the album for three years, while also performing around…

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AEG ends StubHub deal to launch resale service

1 July 2018

ARENA OWNER AEG has ended its sometimes controversial partnership with ticket resale platform StubHub after five years, and is to launch its own price-capped resale service, AXS Marketplace, in the UK via its AXS ticketing operation. eBay-owned StubHub had been AXS’s “official secondary market” since AEG first partnered with the…

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Ticketmaster could face a multi-million-pound fine over data hack

1 July 2018

TICKETMASTER (TM), which admits that its systems had been hacked, could face a fine of more than £17.6 million, or four per cent of turnover, under the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which came in to affect on 25 May. The Live Nation Entertainment-owned company says the…

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